Where’s the Meat - Ask Women, Youth, and Your Staff for the Answer
The USAID/Bangladesh “Feed the Future Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition (LPIN) Activity” utilized Collaborating – Learning – and Adapting (CLA) from start to finish. The activity began by drafting a CLA Plan, and used CLA to make decisions, collaborate with communities and activity staff to identify problems and develop innovative solutions, continuously learning by monitoring work underway and improving on a new model. LPIN introduced and tested an innovative livestock service delivery model by utilizing a systematic collaboration by engaging local enthusiastic youth to become livestock service providers (LSPs). LSPs supplement limited livestock service delivery to farming communities, especially hard-to-reach areas, to improve livestock productivity. This service provision model proved to be a viable business for LSP entrepreneurs. The model enabled government livestock offices and private agro-vet companies to achieve extended service delivery through collaborative efforts. A testament to the sustainability of the LSPs is their continued employment and growth of the LSP cadre even after the activity had closed-out. As a result, farming communities have the opportunity to access to livestock related education, services, and technologies, and youth and women have a livelihoods opportunity which produces sustainable employment within their own community.